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Drift of poppies to commemorate Armistice Day

A drift of hand crocheted poppies has been installed in the gardens at Earl Mountbatten Hospice, in remembrance of all those who have died in conflict.

The display is designed to mark Armistice Day on Friday 11 November and has been planted directly outside patients’ rooms in the Oak Garden. The idea came from the iconic installation of ceramic poppies at the Tower of London in 2014. Volunteer Gardener Sue Clerkin and members of Medina IW Parkrun have been making the poppies at their regular Crochet/Knit and Natter group, which is held in the café at the John Cheverton Centre.

Sue said: “The idea was to give patients their own field of poppies which they can see from their windows, and for visitors to be able to enjoy as well.”

Meanwhile, staff and volunteers will participate in the two-minute silence at 11am on Friday 11 November, with an act of remembrance taking place in the Hospice Chapel. All patients and visitors are also invited to join the gathering from 10:50am.

Nigel Hartley, Chief Executive, said: "I am grateful to the group for making the poppies, which provide a visual reminder for patients, visitors, staff and volunteers of this very significant occasion. Acts of remembrance, through any circumstance, are important to us all here at Earl Mountbatten Hospice and the opportunity to stop and remember loved ones who have died is incredibly important."

"They look after you and they're so caring. I'm not frightened of dying."


Chrissie Fenton, patient